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Poll: Majority say Private Industry Should Build Idaho's High-Speed Internet Infrastructure
Bob Bernick
Nearly half of all Idahoans say the private sector should be responsible for providing broadband internet services to state citizens, not the state, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. Even though a whopping 78 percent of respondents tell IPW pollster Dan Jones & Associates that building out the state’s internet broadband is “very...

Majority of Idahoans Want Federal Money to Fight Wildfires
Bob Bernick
While many Idahoans don’t much like the federal government, they do want federal money to pay for wildfires in the state, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds. California is grabbing the headlines as several massive fires burn in that state, but Idaho is having a hard wildfire season as well. The new public opinion survey by Dan Jones &...

Should We Pay Elected Officials More?
LaVarr Webb, Idaho Politics Weekly Publisher
Who should be paid the most – a governor or a member of Congress? Who has the hardest job -- a governor or member of Congress? Who has the biggest impact on citizens – a governor or member of Congress? And should the compensation of elected officials be commensurate with salaries of executives in the private sector with similar...

Trump Campaign Alive and Idaho
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is making history, but not in the way he way he wants. He has to be leading the pack in political obituaries written about him, and he keeps giving fodder for these death notices. We’re constantly seeing reports about how Republicans are walking – no, running – away from his campaign and putting...

Massive Fire in Bonneville County
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
As I write this column a massive fire is burning in the hills east of Idaho Falls. The sky to the east is dark. Local air has been deemed unsafe and Facebook is lit up with pictures of the conflagration. Dubbed the Henry’s Creek fire, it started near a subdivision southeast of Idaho Falls (in the Ammon area) but has been driven by the winds to...

Idaho Experts Panel: How to Improve Idaho’s Economy
Todd Cranney, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
This week’s question: What are the most important policy changes needed in Idaho to increase economic development? Wayne L. Hammon, CEO, Idaho Associated General Contractors. Idaho has done an excellent job positioning itself at the forefront of the economic recovery. All across the state communities are hard at work employing the tools made...

Idaho Economic Outlook: Housing Prices Up, U.S. Outlook Mixed
Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor
Idaho Housing Market. Home prices continued to rise in June across the nation and in Idaho. Idaho’s home prices increased 0.8 percent from May to June, and have risen 6.2 percent since June 2015. Nationally, home prices increased 1.1 percent month over month and 5.7 percent year over year. National home prices for single-family homes, including...

Poll: Idahoans Trust Public and Private Schools More than Charters
Bob Bernick
Two-thirds of Idahoans have faith in their public and private school education institutions, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows. But that confidence drops when it comes to public charter schools, and falls significantly when adult Idahoans are asked about their favorable opinions of homeschooling and online schooling programs, finds IPW...

Political Calendar Highlights

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Idaho Republican Party Night at the Hawks
When: Tuesday, Aug 30, 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Where: The Hawks Stadium
Join the Idaho
Republican Party at the annual Night at the Hawks for dinner, drinks, and great company with Chairman Steve Yates, fellow republicans and elected officials. Dinner at 6:15, first pitch at 7:15. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door. For sponsorship info contact Jennie at 208-343-6405 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Buy tickets here.

Boise City Mayor's State of the City Address
When: Thursday, Sept 1, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Egyptian Theatre
Egyptian Theatre- Mayor's remarks, Basque Block- Community celebration. More info.

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Idaho Headlines

The 2006 tax shift still divides Idaho leaders (Idaho Education News)

Tax shift of 2006 adds up to tax increase (Idaho Education News)

'Constitutionalists' are preparing for failure (Lewiston Tribune)

Audit clears Perry: Inconsistency found in Guthrie's travel reimbursements (Press-Tribune)

Idaho moved away from private prison in 2014 (Press-Tribune)

4 independents file for Idaho's presidential ballot (Times-News)

Are refugees stealing jobs? (Times-News)

VP nominee Kaine visits for fundraiser (Mountain Express)

Feds to implement rules for drone use (Mountain Express)

Fulcher announces he’ll run for governor again in 2018 (Idaho Statesman)

Do two Texas billionaire brothers now own a big chunk of S. Idaho? (Idaho Statesman)

Two red flags out of 38 payments in audit of lawmakers’ travel (Idaho Statesman)

New nuclear reactor could create thousands of jobs in Idaho Falls (Idaho Business Review)

Idaho hit with two federal lawsuits over failed broadband network (Spokesman-Review)

Business use of drones takes off as new rules kick in (Spokesman-Review)

Raul rising: Labrador embraces role as Idaho’s agitator in Congress (Spokesman-Review)

Idaho presidential ballot to offer eight choices (Spokesman-Review)

Will expanding Medicaid really aid Idaho’s economy? (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Project Access Northwest shows how to meet health, insurance needs (Idaho Freedom Foundation)

Idaho’s next big step: Accelerate talent pipelines (CDA Press)

Idaho judge dismisses case against business tax credit (Capital Press)

New Strategy For Idaho Political Parties Part Of National Trend (Boise State Public Radio)

Idaho Governor Talks Up Focus On Literacy, Teacher Pay Increases As School Begins (Boise State Public Radio)

Hacker Prompts Idaho Fish And Game To Stop Selling Licenses Online (Boise State Public Radio)

National Headlines